You’ll never run out of things to do in Northeast Florida. Nicknamed the First Coast and the Historic Coast, the area boasts award-winning beaches, globally famous history, pristine parks and a burgeoning food and beverage scene. By Vanessa Caceres
Start with a sunrise SUP outing along 13 miles of scenic Atlantic shoreline, or settle into a kayak and enjoy a guided tour through the marsh and surrounding waterways. Plan an afternoon at Fort Clinch, followed by a shopping stroll in downtown Fernandina Beach to uncover the history and charm, which keep the destination a top island favorite among Condé Nast Traveler’s readers. Spend your evening savoring culinary delights at one of the nationally acclaimed chefs’ tables.
Welcome a new day with a sunrise beach walk, then fuel up your morning with fresh biscuits at Maple Street Biscuit Company and a local coffee at Bold Bean. Grab your board, or rent one, and learn to surf in Jax Beach, one of the best spots in Florida! For lunch, enjoy the locally caught Mayport shrimp at one of the fish camps. In Riverside, explore the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, then enjoy dinner and a craft beer in the famous Five Points district.
St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra
Step back in time at the histo-rical Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. Take a sip of legendary water at the Fountain of Youth. Keep little hands busy at the interactive Pirate and Treasure Museum. See every species of crocodilian at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Find your perfect spot on the shore along 42 miles of beach. Challenge your golf game at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Enjoy the spicy datil pepper in the Minorcan Clam Chowder at Barnacle Bill’s.
Tour Palatka’s 30 plus murals that depict the history of Putnam County. Plan to visit the 1850s Antebellum Bronson-Mulholland House and adjacent Putnam Historic Museum. Drive or hike through the scenic Ravine Gardens State Park. Be sure to visit the St. Johns River Educational Center located on the beautiful St. Johns Riverfront Park. Dine in one of Putnam County’s restaurants where you can get local fare and catch the vibe of the town. End your day relaxing aboard the Palatka Water Taxi on the beautiful St. Johns River.